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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Get Together

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Puteri Gunung Ledang (The Musical)

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Everyone Has A Disney Dream

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Modbook (Tablet Mac)

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The Modbook is a Macbook Pro that has been gutted and crammed into a slick chrome plated magnesium tablet. The display is a 13.3-inch widescreen LCD from Wacom which will finally be helpful for putting those OSX Tiger handwriting functions to good use. Configurations are the same as the Macbook Pros currently available at the Apple store, with prices starting at $2,279.

Best Film & Best Foreign Language Film

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I predict that Letters from Iwo Jima will win the best film and Pan's Labyrinth will win the best foregn language film in the Oscars this coming February.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Oscars 2007 (The Nominees)

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Best Picture: "The Departed," "Babel," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Queen."
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("Blood Diamond"), Ryan Gosling ("Half Nelson"), Peter O'Toole ("Venus") and Will Smith ("The Pursuit of Happyness").
Best Actress: Helen Mirren ("The Queen"), Judi Dench ("Notes on a Scandal"), Penelope Cruz ("Volver"), Meryl Streep ("The Devil Wears Prada") and Kate Winslet ("Little Children").
Best Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy ("Dreamgirls"), Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Jackie Earle Haley ("Little Children"), Djimon Hounsou ("Blood Diamond") and Mark Wahlberg ("The Departed").
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls"), Adriana Barraza ("Babel"), Cate Blanchett ("Notes on a Scandal"), Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") and Rinko Kikuchi ("Babel").
Best Director: Martin Scorsese ("The Departed"), Clint Eastwood ("Letters From Iwo Jima"), Stephen Frears ("The Queen"), Paul Greengrass ("United 93") and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel").
Best Foreign Language Film: "After the Wedding," Denmark; "Days of Glory (Indigenes)," Algeria; "The Lives of Others," Germany; "Pan's Labyrinth," Mexico; "Water," Canada.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Sacha Baron Cohen and Anthony Hines and Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer and Todd Phillips, "Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"; Alfonso Cuaron and Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, "Children of Men"; William Monahan, "The Departed"; Todd Field and Tom Perrotta, "Little Children"; Patrick Marber, "Notes on a Scandal."
Best Original Screenplay: Guillermo Arriaga, "Babel"; Iris Yamashita and Paul Haggis, "Letters From Iwo Jima"; Michael Arndt, "Little Miss Sunshine"; Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth"; Peter Morgan, "The Queen."
Best Animated Feature Film: "Cars," "Happy Feet," "Monster House."
Best Art Direction: "Dreamgirls," "The Good Shepherd," "Pan's Labyrinth," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "The Prestige."
Best Cinematography: "The Black Dahlia," "Children of Men," "The Illusionist," "Pan's Labyrinth," "The Prestige."
Best Sound Mixing: "Apocalypto," "Blood Diamond," "Dreamgirls," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."
Best Sound Editing: "Apocalypto," "Blood Diamond," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."
Best Original Score: "Babel," Gustavo Santaolalla; "The Good German," Thomas Newman; "Notes on a Scandal," Philip Glass; "Pan's Labyrinth," Javier Navarrete; "The Queen," Alexandre Desplat.
Best Original Song: "I Need to Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth," Melissa Etheridge; "Listen" from "Dreamgirls," Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler and Anne Preven; "Love You I Do" from "Dreamgirls," Henry Krieger and Siedah Garrett; "Our Town" from "Cars," Randy Newman; "Patience" from "Dreamgirls," Henry Krieger and Willie Reale.
Best Costume: "Curse of the Golden Flower," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Dreamgirls," "Marie Antoinette," "The Queen."
Best Documentary Feature: "Deliver Us From Evil," "An Inconvenient Truth," " Iraq in Fragments," "Jesus Camp," "My Country, My Country."
Best Documentary (short subject): "The Blood of Yingzhou District," "Recycled Life," "Rehearsing a Dream," "Two Hands."
Best Film Editing: "Babel," "Blood Diamond," "Children of Men," "The Departed," "United 93."
Best Makeup: "Apocalypto," "Click," "Pan's Labyrinth."
Best Animated Short Film: "The Danish Poet," "Lifted," "The Little Matchgirl," "Maestro," "No Time for Nuts."
Best Live Action Short Film: "Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea)," "Eramos Pocos (One Too Many)," "Helmer & Son," "The Saviour," " West Bank Story."
Visual Effects: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Poseidon," "Superman Returns."

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Promoting My Home Country

Monday, January 22, 2007

Sony Ericsson Bravia TV Phone

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2007 would be the era of touch-screen phone, a few years later would be the era of a TV phone. Japan as usual would be the first to test-drive the gadget.

Predictions for Oscar 2007

The nominations will be up this Tuesday and here is my prediction for best film nominations:
1) The Queen
2) Babel
3) The Departed
4) Little Miss Sunshine
5) United 93
There will be a stiff competition for best foreign language film between Letters from Iwo Jima (Japan) and Pan's Labyrinth (Mexico) and both these movies are better than the 5 movies above that would be nominated for best film category.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Phone Wears Prada

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The LG KE850 touch-screen phone will be rebranded with a unique Prada interface. Prices are expected to start from 600 Euros.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

I've Been Tagged

Here's 5 Things You Never Knew About Me:
1) I was a nerd back in high school
2) I was a part-time lifeguard for 2 years whilst studying for my A-levels
3) I'm half-Malay half-Chinese
4) I have Pectus Excavatum
5) I'm a frequent user of Fair & Lovely
Thanks Enda :)


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Friday, January 19, 2007

Prada Runway

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Car of the Year 2007

What Car? Awards is the motoring 'Oscars' and here are the winners:
Supermini - Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 Club air-con 5dr
Small Family Car - Volkswagen Golf 1.6 FSI Match 5dr
Family Car - Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI S
Estate Car - Vauxhall Vectra 1.9 CDTi Exclusiv
Compact 4x4 - Land Rover Freelander 2.2 TD4 GS
Large 4x4 - Land Rover Discovery TDV6 SE auto
Hot Hatch - Mini Cooper S
Coupe - Audi TT 2.0 TFSI
Open-Top - Volkswagen Eos 2.0 T FSI
Performance Car - Porsche Cayman S
MPV - Citroen C4 Picasso 1.6 HDI SX EGS
Compact Executive - BMW 320d ES
Executive Car - BMW 525i SE aut
Luxury Car - Mercedes S320 CDI
Green Award - Toyota/Lexus
Safety Award - Mercedes
Overall Car of The Year - Vauxhall Corsa

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Prada Spring/Summer 2007

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Nerina Pallot

The title of the song is 'Sophia' and she sang the song beautifully.

BRITs Nominations 2007

British Male Solo Artist - James Morrison, Jarvis Cocker, Lemar, Paolo Nutini, Thom Yorke
British Female Solo Artist - Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamelia, Lily Allen, Nerina Pallot
British Group - Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Muse, Razorlight, Snow Patrol
MasterCard British Album - Amy Winehouse (Back to Black), Arctic Monkeys (Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not), Lily Allen (Alright Still), Muse (Black Holes & Revelations), Snow Patrol (Eyes Open)
British Single - Corinne Bailey Rae (Put your records on), The Feeling (Fill my little world), James Morrison (You give me something), Kooks (She moves in her own way), Leona Lewis (A moment like this), Lily Allen (Smile), Razorlight (America), Sandi Thom (I wish I was a punk rocker), Snow Patrol (Chasing cars), Take That (Patience), Will Young (All time love)
British Breakthrough Act - Corinne Bailey Rae, Fratellis, James Morrison, Kooks, Lily Allen
British Live Act - George Michael, Guillemots, Kasabian, Muse, Robbie Williams
International Male Solo Artist - Beck, Bob Dylan, Damien Rice, Jack Johnson, Justin Timberlake
International Female Solo Artist - Beyonce, Cat Power, Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado, Pink
International Group - Flaming Lips, Gnarls Barkley, Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Scissor Sisters
International Album - Bob Dylan (Modern Times), Gnarls Barkley (St Elsewhere), Justin Timberlake (Future), Killers (Sam’s Town), Scissor Sisters (Ta Dah)
International BreakthroughAct - Gnarls Barkley, Orson, Raconteurs, Ray Lamontagne, Wolfmother
Outstanding Contribution to music - Oasis

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Prada Menswear Autumn/Winter 2007-2008

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Miuccia Prada's new collection is synonymous with the key feature of this season, which is knitwear. That's not to say that there aren't other interesting aspects of design as well, ranging from some amusingly quirky headgear that definitely isn't standard issue on the high street to some innovative, dual-colour designs for coats, but it's the knitwear that absolutely dominates here, helped by such unusual touches as a coat trimmed with fur and even some very skinny tops. As ever, the primary colours tend to be dark and bold, but there are also some amusingly multi-coloured touches that show that Prada's sense of humour has not deserted her.

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Golden Globes 2007 Winners

Best film (drama) - Babel
Best film (musical or comedy) - Dreamgirls
Best director - Martin Scorsese (The Departed)
Best actor (drama) - Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)
Best actor (musical or comedy) - Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat)
Best actress (drama) - Helen Mirren (The Queen)
Best actress (musical or comedy) - Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada)
Best supporting actor - Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls)
Best supporting actress - Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)
Best foreign language film - Letters From Iwo Jima (Japan)
Best animated feature film - Cars
Best screenplay - Peter Morgan (The Queen)
Best original song - The Song of the Heart (Happy Feet)
Best original score - Alexandre Desplat (The Painted Veil)
Cecil B DeMille Award (lifetime achievement) - Warren Beatty

Best series (drama) - Grey's Anatomy
Best series (musical or comedy) - Ugly Betty
Best mini-series or film made for TV - Elizabeth I
Best actor (drama) - Hugh Laurie (House)
Best actor (musical or comedy) - Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Best actor (mini-series or film made for TV) - Bill Nighy (Gideon's Daughter)
Best actress (drama) - Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer
Best actress (musical or comedy) - America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)
Best actress (mini-series or film made for TV) - Helen Mirren (Elizabeth I)
Best supporting actor - Jeremy Irons - Elizabeth I
Best supporting actress - Emily Blunt (Gideon's Daughter)

Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2007

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Bilingualism Delays Onset of Dementia

People who are fully bilingual and speak both languages every day for most of their lives can delay the onset of dementia by up to four years compared with those who only know one language, Canadian scientists said on Friday. Researchers said the extra effort involved in using more than one language appeared to boost blood supply to the brain and ensure nerve connections remained healthy - two factors thought to help fight off dementia.
Bialystok's team focused on 184 elderly patients with signs of dementia who attended a Toronto memory clinic between 2002 and 2005. Of the group, 91 spoke only one language while 93 were bilingual. "The researchers determined that the mean age of onset of dementia symptoms in the monolingual group was 71.4 years, while the bilingual group was 75.5 years," the statement said. "This difference remained even after considering the possible effect of cultural differences, immigration, formal education, employment and even gender as (influences) in the results," it added.
Bialystok stressed that bilingualism helped delay the start of dementia rather than preventing it altogether. Psychologist Fergus Craik, another member of the team, said the data showed that being fully bilingual had "a huge protective effect" against the onset of dementia but he added that the study was still a preliminary finding. The team plans more research into the beneficial side-effects of bilingualism.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Apple TV

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Apple TV is a set-top box being developed by Apple with a planned release date of February 2007. Previously known by its code-name iTV, it enables digital content to be streamed from any computer running Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows capable of running streamed media via iTunes onto an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen TV television. Apple is selling the device for €299 (including VAT) in Europe.

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Bernard Chandran

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Like Jimmy Choo, Bernard Chandran is another famous Malaysian designer who is now based in London. He opened his boutique at swanky Knightsbridge last year and presented his designs at the London Fashion Week. Currently known as Malaysia's 'Prince of Fashion', his talents have earned him many faithful clients among Malaysia's elite most notably the Royal families of Brunei and Malaysia as well as two former Miss Universe. Bernard won a place at the prestigious Paris Fashion School in Paris, France. He became the first Malaysian to win the 'Open European Contest for Look of the Year 2000' in 1991. After graduating, he worked at the House of Dior for 6 months, before heading back home to Malaysia. He was voted Designer of the Year by the Malaysian International Fashion Awards in 2003.

Friday, January 12, 2007

BAFTA 2007 Nominations

The nominations are:
Best film - The Queen, Babel, The Last King of Scotland, The Departed, Little Miss Sunshine
Best British film - The Queen, Casino Royale, The Last King of Scotland, Notes on a Scandal, United 93
Best actor in a leading role - Daniel Craig (Casino Royale), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed), Peter O'Toole (Venus), Richard Griffiths (The History Boys)
Best actress in a leading role - Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen), Dame Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal), Kate Winslet (Little Children), Penelope Cruz (Volver), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada)
Best actor in a supporting role - Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland), Jack Nicholson (The Departed), Leslie Phillips (Venus), Michael Sheen (The Queen)
Best actress in a supporting role - Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Toni Colette (Little Miss Sunshine), Frances De La Tour (The History Boys), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)
Original screenplay - Babel, Little Miss Sunshine, Pan's Labryinth, The Queen, United 93
Adapted screenplay - Casino Royale, The Departed, The Devil Wears Prada, The Last King Of Scotland, Notes On A Scandal
Achievement in direction - Martin Scorsese (The Departed), Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel), Stephen Frears (The Queen), Paul Greengrass (United 93)
Animated feature film - Cars, Flushed Away, Happy Feet
Achievement by a British director/producer or writer in their first feature film - Andrea Arnold (Red Road), Julian Gilbey (Rollin' with the Nines), Christine Langan (Pierrepoint), Gary Tarn (Black Sun), Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton)
Best film not in the English language - Apocalypto, Black Book, Pan's Labyrinth, Paint it Yellow, Volver
Achievement in film music - Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel), David Arnold (Casino Royale), Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), John Powell (Happy Feet), Alexandre Desplat (The Queen)
Cinematography - Babel, Casino Royale, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, United 93
Editing - Babel, Casino Royale, The Departed, The Queen, United 93
Production design - Casino Royale, Children of Men, Marie Antoinette, Pan's Labyrinth, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Costume design - The Devil Wears Prada, Marie Antoinette, Pan's Labyrinth, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Queen
Sound - Babel, Casino Royale, Pan's Labyrinth, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, United 93
Achievement in special visual effects - Casino Royale, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Superman Returns
Make up and hair - The Devil Wears Prada, Marie Antoinette, Pan's Labyrinth, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Queen
Short animation film - Dream's and Desires, Guy 101, Peter and the Wolf
Short Film - Care, Cubs, Do Not Erase, Hikikomori, Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Le Beau Male by Jean Paul Gaultier

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Apple iPhone

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iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching — into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers. So it ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Air Asia Has Arrived

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Low-cost long-haul flights to Asia are to be launched this summer by Air Asia. Fares from Britain are expected to be priced at around £100 each way to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur when the first flights start in July.
The new airline will be competing with Oasis Hong Kong Airlines which started flying from Gatwick to Hong Kong in October.
Air Asia plans to fly from either Stansted or Manchester to Kuala Lumpur as part of plans to develop a network of budget flights serving China, India, the Middle East, Australia and Europe.
Air Asia is Asia's biggest low-cost carrier, just like Ryanair in Europe.

Sunday, January 07, 2007